Just me. (lara7) wrote,
Just me.
lara7

Hey, guess who saw a dead body today?

So Sylvie and I were on the interstate right around rush hour today when I saw one of those "accident, left 2 lanes closed" warning signs. It took us at least 45 minutes to go 8 miles. When we got to the accident scene, in the 10 seconds it took to drive past, I saw:

about 6 cop cars in a row, in the lane second from the leftmost
a cop in a "smokey the bear" hat, holding up a shoe and photographing it
an unmarked van with an empty gurney behind it
a body in the carpool lane, covered by a sheet, with a sock-covered foot peeking out from under it
a truck parked in the carpool lane, with a cop questioning someone near it

I did not recall until later that I didn't see any smashed up cars in the tableau.

So after we passed it and arrived at our destination, I wondered out loud- "how do you manage to become separated from your shoe in a car accident? under what rules of physics does your shoe leave your foot, leave the vehicle, and end up 30 to 40 feet from the accident scene?" I envisioned some kind of road rage shoe-throwing incident that ended up with someone dead, especially since I didn't see any smashed up car(s).

So here's the answer as to how your shoe leaves your foot in a car accident:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/325486_pedestrian28.html

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003809387_webpedestrian27m.html

I'm not sure what's worse, the gruesomeness of the incident, or the stupidity of the incident. The driver of the truck is going to be haunted by this for a long time, even though there was probably nothing he could have done to avoid hitting the guy who couldn't be bothered to use the pedestrian overpass. I'm haunted, and all I saw was a covered body and an errant shoe.
Tags: death, mortality
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